Clinical Care

The interdisciplinary Child Development team works with families to fully understand their child’s particular needs. Depending on the child’s needs, the team may include developmental pediatricians, psychologists, nurses, speech and language pathologists, social workers, occupational or physical therapists, audiologists, nutritionists and pediatric dentists. This team evaluates children with neurodevelopmental conditions. Conditions treated include autism spectrum disorders, language disorders, attention problems, learning disabilities, disruptive behavior, attachment disorders, genetic syndromes and intellectual or cognitive disabilities.

Clinical Facilities

IU School of Medicine and Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health are the primary pediatric specialty centers in Indiana, offering faculty and trainees a wide breadth of clinical exposure and research challenges. The Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics includes pediatricians, neurodevelopmental specialists and advanced practice registered nurses (APRN), and this team is strengthened by collaborations with experts in child and adolescent psychiatry, neurology, psychology and other disciplines who are working with children with neurodevelopmental disorders throughout the health care system.

Patient Services

Child development faculty at IU School of Medicine provide clinical services in a variety of center- and community-based settings to support the independence, productivity and integration into the community of all citizens across the lifespan with neurodevelopmental and related disabilities. Most of the team’s clinical care is delivered at the Riley Child Development Center, a clinic located at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health in Indianapolis. Faculty evaluate more than 2,000 children with neurodevelopmental conditions each year. Families are provided with resources and recommendations geared to their specific needs.

Appointment Types

The Child Development team works with families to understand and address their child’s specific needs. In these comprehensive team appointments, a full range of evaluation services are available to address developmental and behavioral concerns.

Consultations include one or two of the Child Development team members. In these more targeted appointments, consultative, diagnostic and intervention services are available.

First Steps is Indiana’s Early Intervention Program, providing services to Indiana children from birth through age three. Several of the team members are First Steps providers and see first steps cases in the clinic.

A full range of psychological and speech testing can be performed for clients needing further diagnostic testing.  Typically focusing on developmental issues, testing can evaluate for language levels, autism, ADHD, specific learning disabilities, and cognitive functioning.